Tea Party calendar for December

December 9
Fox Business

9 pm

Matt Welch and Kennedy premier new libertarian round table show.  Maybe now Matt won’t have to be on MSNBC all the time politely not interrupting while four moronic leftover women blather.
December 10
Washington DC

The invite is also attached. Please pass along to anyone you know who might be interested in attending in the area!
December 10
Philadelphia, PA

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    6:00 PM
  • 2011 Walnut St., PhiladelphiaPA (map)
    We’ll be at the Bar
  • Monthly Social Meeting for Philadelphia Area Libertarians. 

December 10
New York, NY

Manhattan Libertarian Party meeting

  • 140 2nd Ave
    bet 8th / 9th Sts
    New YorkNY (map)
    Private dining room in the back of the restaurant
  • People start arriving about 7:00.  Speakers start between 7:30 and 8 and finish by 9pm.   The meeting is free.  All are welcome.

December 10
Washington DC

Bruno Leoni at 100

Policy Forum

December 10, 2013 12:00PM

Featuring Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute; Peter Boettke, University Professor of Economics and Philosophy, George Mason University; and Todd J. Zywicki, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law. Moderated by Alberto Mingardi, Director General, Istituto Bruno Leoni.

The Italian law scholar Bruno Leoni was a champion of law over legislation. In his classicFreedom and the Law (1961), he presented the case for organic legal systems that adjust to human behavior and against legal systems that attempt to adjust human behavior to fit the needs and desires of the politically powerful. It’s a message still urgently needed today. Please join us for a discussion of Leoni’s contributions to classical liberal thought as we celebrate his 100th birthday.

REGISTER  or Watch online Dec 10

December 11
Washington DC

Who’s Watching Little Brother? Local Surveillance, National Concerns

Policy Forum

December 11, 2013 9:30AM

Featuring Mike German, Senior Policy Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union; Eileen Larence, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office; Michael Price, Counsel, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice; and Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute. Moderated by Adam Goldman, Reporter, Washington Post.

Americans have been stunned by revelations that the National Security Agency is collecting vast troves of information about ordinary citizens. But the NSA is only part of the surveillance story. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, state and local police have formed data “fusion centers” across the country and partnered with the federal intelligence community to share a wide array of personal information in an effort to detect and prevent terrorism. New research, however, finds that this system of data gathering and sharing produces mountains of data with little or no counterterrorism value, operates under vague and inconsistent rules with little oversight or accountability, and could hinder the investigation of actual criminal or terrorism activity. Join us for a panel discussion with leading scholars on privacy and national security. Does federal support for fusion centers and suspicious activity reporting make sense? What can be done to mitigate the risks they pose to civil liberties, to prevent waste, and to improve oversight?

REGISTER  or Watch online Dec 11

Argentina v. Holdout Creditors: Applying the Rule of Law to Resolve Debt Default

Policy Forum

December 11, 2013 12:00PM

Featuring Elena Duggar,Group Credit Officer for Sovereign Risk, Moody’s Investor Service; Julian Ku, Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University; Arturo Porzecanski, Distinguished Economist in Residence, School of International Service, American University; and Richard Samp, Chief Counsel, Washington Legal Foundation. Moderated by Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Policy Analyst on Latin America, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

In 2001, Argentina defaulted on $81 billion of debt — the largest sovereign default in history. While years later most of its creditors settled to swap their old bonds with heavily discounted new bonds, a group of holdout creditors challenged Argentina in the courts. In October 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sided with plaintiffs to rule that Argentina must treat all its creditors equally and pay owners of defaulted bonds that were issued under New York law. As the long standoff nears judicial resolution, a distinguished panel of experts will discuss the significant implications of this case for the protection of creditor rights, future debt restructuring processes, and emerging markets.

REGISTER  or Watch online Dec 11

December 11
Miami FL

Special Event

December 11, 2013 12:00PM

The Bankers Club of Miami
One Biscayne Tower, Miami, FL

Featuring Richard Rahn, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, Former Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Daniel J. Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; and Daniel J. Ikenson, Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

Please join us for an informative and entertaining policy luncheon and discussion with Cato scholars Richard Rahn, Dan Mitchell and Dan Ikenson. Dan Mitchell, one of the nation’s leading experts on international tax issues, will examine the timely topic of Washington’s financial crisis. He will emphasize the importance of moving to a territorial tax system and cutting federal spending as a solution to fiscal dysfunction. Also, he will share his thoughts on what to expect from the budget battle ahead. Next, Dan Ikenson will review the current state of trade policy—with a focus on Latin America. International trade is frequently portrayed as a zero-sum contest between “us” and “them” in which all Americans are expected to support Team USA at the negotiating table. Dan will examine this fallacy, one of several misconceptions that guide U.S. trade policy away from free trade and economic liberalization, and toward industrial policy and crony capitalism.



December 12
Charlottesville, VA

12:00 PM
JAL members to appear on Schilling Show – Jefferson Area Libertarians members Jim Lark, Hallee Morgan, and Marc Smith will appear on the “Schilling Show” at roughly 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. The program airs from noon until 2:00 p.m. on weekdays on WINA radio (1070 AM) in Charlottesville. JAL representatives appear on the program each month (usually on the second Thursday).   » More Info
Location: WINA radio (1070 AM)
Charlottesville, VA
Contact: Jim Lark  Phone: (434) 973-5958
Email: jwlark@lp.org
 5:00 PM
JAL Happy Hour – The Jefferson Area Libertarians will hold our monthly “Happy Hour” from roughly 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the West Main Restaurant (333 W. Main Street) in Charlottesville.   » More Info
Location: West Main Restaurant
333 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA
Attendees may park in the gravel lot behind the restaurant; the entrance to the lot is from 4th Street NW. The phone number for the restaurant is (434) 293-2605.
Contact: Jim Lark  Phone: (434) 973-5958
Email: jwlark@lp.org

December 12
Washington DC

The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government

Book Forum

December 12, 2013 12:00PM

Featuring the author Richard A. Epstein, Professor of Law, New York University Law School, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor of Law Emeritus, and Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School; with comments by Jess Bravin, Supreme Court Correspondent, the Wall Street Journal. Moderated by Roger Pilon, Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.

In his latest book, a wide-ranging tome covering vast areas of our law, Richard Epstein mounts a principled attack on modern Supreme Court jurisprudence and much of the legal scholarship that has grown up around it. The major disarray that infects every area of modern American life, he argues, from deficits and debt to health care, financial services, declining standards of living and more, could not have happened under the original constitutional structure, faithfully interpreted in light of changed circumstances. It arose from a profound progressive break with the classical liberal tradition that guided the drafting and interpretation of the Constitution. Please join us for what should be a spirited discussion of these fundamental issues.

REGISTER  or Watch online Dec 12


December 14
Arlington VA

Leadership Institute
1101 North Highland Street
5:30 pm

For the fourth year in a row, the Ladies of Liberty Alliance is sending care packages to troops overseas. Please join us for a holiday fundraiser on December 14 and be a part of it!  

*Join us and enjoy complimentary beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres as we pack up items to send off to our troops!*

The care packages will include a copy of Atlas Shrugged donated by FreedomWorks, a copy of the U.S. Constitution, as well as toiletries and treats. 

We will be putting packages together at the event so feel free to bring things that you’d like to send, and addresses you’d like to send them to if you have loved ones in the military overseas.

$30 to sponsor a package (Silver level sponsorship)

$50 to sponsor the event (Gold level sponsorship)

$100 to become a LOLA sponsor (Platinum level)

If you cannot attend or would like to register in advance, please contribute to LOLA on our website: iamlola.org/contribute

TO DROP OFF ITEMS IN ADVANCE: Bring toiletries, treats, monies and addresses of loved ones in the military to the 5th floor reception desk at The Leadership Institute for Amanda Anderson.

To discuss corporate/organizational sponsorship, please email nena@iamlola.org or give her a call!

December 14
King of Prussia, PA

Libertarian Holiday Party
7:00 pm

  • Pepper’s, 239 Town Center Rd. King of Prussia, PA 19406
  • The Montgomery County libertarians invite you to join us for some holiday cheer. 

    Saturday, December 14 – 7:00 PM

    Peppers Italian Restaurant & Bar
    239 Town Center Rd.
    King of Prussia, PA 19406
    Telephone: 610-265-2416

    Enjoy some high quality beverages and pub fare with your fellow freedom lovers.

    We’ll be giving out the annual Monty Awards, recognizing achievements in various fields of activism and reflecting on an interesting year.

    All freedom lovers are welcome! You don’t have to be a libertarian/anarchist, as long as you can put up with us.

    Suggested contribution: $15 FRNs, 1/2 oz silver, or bitcoin equivalent. (All proceeds will used to stick it to the man.)

December 15

Bill of Rights ratified in 1791.

The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Proposed to assuage the fears of Anti-Federalistswho had opposed Constitutional ratification, these amendments guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the public. While originally the amendments applied only to the federal government, most of their provisions have since been applied to the states by way of the Fourteenth Amendment, a process known as incorporation.
The amendments were introduced by James Madison to the 1st United States Congress as a series of legislative articles. They were adopted by the House of Representatives on August 21, 1789, formally proposed by joint resolution of Congress on September 25, 1789, and came into effect as Constitutional Amendments on December 15, 1791, through the process of ratification by three-fourths of the states. While twelve amendments were proposed by Congress, only ten were originally ratified by the states. Of the remaining two, one was adopted 203 years later as the Twenty-seventh Amendment, and the other technically remains pending before the states.
The Bill of Rights enumerates freedoms not explicitly indicated in the main body of the Constitution, such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, a free press, and free assembly; the right to keep and bear arms; freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, security in personal effects, and freedom from warrants issued without probable cause; indictment by a grand jury for any capital or “infamous crime”; guarantee of a speedy, public trial with an impartialjury; and prohibition of double jeopardy. In addition, the Bill of Rights reserves for the people any rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution and reserves all powers not specifically granted to the federal government to the people or the States. The Bill was influenced by George Mason‘s 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, the English Bill of Rights 1689, and earlier English political documents such as Magna Carta (1215).

December 17
Atlanta, GA

ATLOSCon 2014 planning has officially begun! ATLOSCon 2014 will be over Memorial Day Weekend, and the specific dates are Thursday, May 22 through Monday, May 26. We’ll be having classes at the same location as last year, the Smyrna Community Center. A request for proposals will go out at the beginning of January, so be thinking of which class(es) you’d like to offer! 
We usually cancel the Happy Hour for December, but we WILL have one this year. Come to Meehan’s in Sandy Springs on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00pm. We’ll be discussing ATLOSCon ideas, so please bring ’em! We want to hear about the kinds of classes you’d like to see, ideas for social events, and how to make this conference ever more awesome. 2014 will be our 5th annual conference, and as always, we want to make it better than ever.
Finally, we announced a new monthly discussion group. This group will meet in Sandy Springs the first week of each month to discuss topics of mutual interest. The topic for the first meeting is Immigration, and participants are asked to listen to the debate between Yaron Brook and Leonard Peikoff (part 1 is found here: http://tinyurl.com/q9lcylu and part 2 is found here: http://tinyurl.com/poz44qv). 
More details about this discussion group and the first meeting will be coming out soon, but wanted to let you know it’s in the works!
Thanks, as always, for your help and ideas, and for making ATLOS the best community Objectivist group in the universe! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013  –  6:00 PM
Rocktown Libertarians – Harrisonburg VA – Always 3rd TUESDAYS!

On Tuesday, December 17, at 6:00, please join the Rocktown Libertarians for good food and great conversation with like-minded people from around the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area!

All freedom-loving individuals who are curious about the Libertarian Party are encouraged to come on by and get acquainted. This is strictly for fun, there won’t be any speeches (or even pop quizzes). Just good food, good brew, good discussion, and good people.

Please join us! LP membership is not required (although I will, as usual, have membership forms with me if you’re ready to join!). Voters who are just interested in finding out more about libertarianism and libertarians are also welcome!

A small supply of literature, the local government meeting schedules, and voter registration forms are usually available also.

If you have any questions about local Libertarian activity, feel free to write or call!

  » More Info

Location: O’Charley’s Restaurant
101 Burgess Rd
Harrisonburg VA 22801
(right behind Shoney’s on US 33)
Ask for the Libertarian table (if the host is confused, tell them I asked for table numbers 17, 18, and 25, which are off in a corner by themselves).  [Directions]
Contact: Marc Montoni  Phone: 540-689-0754
Email: Harrisonburg@LPVA.com


December 3
Newport News, VA

7:30 PM
MEMBER MEETING: 3rd District Libertarians – If you live in the 3rd congressional district of Virginia, please attend the convention of the 3rd District Libertarian Committee!

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 7:30 pm.

Please make your plans now to attend! For more information or directions about the restaurant: http://www.yelp.com/biz/vancostas-restaurant-newport-news

The 3rd District convention will follow the close of the Peninsula Libertarian Party (PLP) meeting. Please come early if you would like to meet your fellow Libertarians for dinner. The PLP session will run from 6:30 to 7:30; then once the PLP meeting is finished, members from the 3rd district will adjourn into the District convention immediately at 7:30. District business should be complete by 8:00 pm.

If you are interested in becoming more actively involved in the Libertarian Party, volunteer to serve in one of the officer positions in the 3rd district (chair, vice chair, Treasurer, Secretary, etc). But whether or not you become an officer there is always plenty of opportunities to volunteer to help the LP in your District!

District Committee conventions normally handle the following business items:


– Introductions & sign-in on attendance roster

– Credentials (There will be someone checking credentials — make it easy on them and perhaps bring your Voter Registration card for verifying district status, and the most recent copy of your LP News or some other proof of LP membership)

– Approve an agenda

– Election of District officers (chair, others?)

– Endorsing (or not) a Libertarian candidate for 3rd District US House (election decided in November 2014)

– Discussion of District activities (such as membership-building activities, publicity work, etc)

– Other business?


See YOU there!

Location: Vancostas Restaurant 14745 Warwick Blvd Newport News VA  [Directions]  [Map]
Contact: 3rd CD Interim Chairman James St John  Phone: (757) 639-7923
Email: 03CDChair@LPVA.com

December 31

 7:00 AM
Call for Nominees – Libertarian Leadership Day – Dear Colleagues,

At its January meeting in 2004, the State Central Committee, the governing body of the LPVA, unanimously adopted a resolution declaring the third Monday of February to be “Libertarian Leadership Day”. The state committee chooses one outstanding Libertarian activist, declared to be our “Libertarian Leader”, as part of its celebration of Libertarian Leadership Day.

The State Central Committee typically selects the nominee at the first meeting of each year.

All members of the Libertarian Party who reside in Virginia are invited to suggest nominees. The nominee must also be a Virginia resident, and must be an LP member. If you would like to nominate an outstanding activist for this recognition, please email the Secretary via or send a letter (to M Montoni, PO Box 864, Dayton VA 22821-0864), and ask to have the person’s name added to the Agenda. Please include a brief, one or two-paragraph “activist resume” for your nominee, and perhaps a statement telling us why you think the person deserves to be officially recognized.

Your nominations will be provided to all state committee members.

The inaugural “Libertarian Leader” was Ron Crickenberger, who at the time in 2004 was suffering from terminal cancer.

The following individuals have been formally recognized as “Libertarian Leaders” by the state committee in past years:

2004: Ron Crickenberger
2005: Bill Redpath
2006: Marc Montoni
2007: Jim Lark
2008: (no selection made)
2009: (no selection made)
2010: Dave Overstreet
2011: Matt Cholko
2012: R. Douglas Wright
2013: Anne Panella & Justin Malkin
2014: Up to YOU!

Contact: Marc Montoni
Email: Secretary@LPVA.com

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